Stars in Cassiopeia Cosplay Interview
Cassiopeia Cosplay interview
A Star Above All
In our search to find the most talented and most inspiring cosplayers, we look to the night’s sky. Named from the Greek mythology Queen, whose beauty is recognized as stunning and unwavering. Cassiopeia is also known as star constellations in the Northern skies. Thankfully, our Cassiopeia is living here on this blue planet, and OutRightGeekery heads for the Rocky Mountains have an exclusive interview with her. Her prop creations and makeup artistry are second to none as she’s been cosplaying for years. From a Roman foot soldier to a DC’s StarFire Firefighter-Bombshell she can become anyone she wants. So now, here is a chance to discover the woman behind the props and makeup as Outright Geekery presents our interview with the lovely, Cassiopeia Cosplay.
OG: Thank you so Cassiopeia for making our wishes upon a star come true.
Cass: Thank you Outright Geekery. I am happy to be doing this interview with you guys. I love answering your quirky questions, it’s so much fun.
OG: We try to be as Geeky as possible, it’s becoming a fashion trend these days. Anywho, tell us about yourself.
Cass: Hi! I’m Cassiopeia I’m a Colorado cosplayer. I am a huge animal lover, my favorites being cats and frogs. I am bi-lingual as I speak English and Italian, still working on Spanish in my free time. My favorite season is Fall and Halloween is my all-time favorite Holiday.
Cass: My favorite comic is 100% Alan Moore’s Watchmen, while my favorite series is probably Lord of the Rings. I love comics, video games, movies, books, anime, and all sorts of other cultural media. I play mostly on Playstation, so far my favorite games have been God of War 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn.
OG: Growing up as a young girl, what sort of kid were you? Were you shy or outgoing? Did your parents keep you from doing boyish things?
Cass: Growing up I was initially a shy kid, but I always loved to play dress up and wear costumes even when it wasn’t Halloween. I was a tomboy through and through, and I was always outside playing in the woods, getting leaves and dirt in my hair.
OG: Were you ever bullied or teased at school? How did you deal with it?
Cass: I was teased some in middle school, especially for always reading manga in class, but I dealt with it by ignoring them.
OG: Was cosplaying a way of escaping from the childhood/teenage pressures?
Cass: For me, cosplaying wasn’t a way of escaping childhood pressures, it was my way of expressing my creativity.
OG: What made you become a model? Did modeling help you move over into cosplaying?
Cass: My modeling has always been separate from my cosplaying. It started with a photographer or two thinking I had potential and then slowly turned into me walking in fashion shows. Though lately, that part of my life has taken a back seat while I pursue grad school.
OG: How did you get into cosplaying? What was your first cosplay outfit? Did you make it or did you buy one? How was your first experience?
Cass: I started cosplaying in 2009. A childhood friend of mine asked if I would like to attend an anime convention with her and if I would like to dress up with her. So of course, I did. I ended up falling in love with the hobby and I’m still doing it 10 years later. My first cosplay was Beyond Birthday or “B” from Death Note, Haha.
OG: Has it ever been a time where you hated your cosplay outfit, but your fans love it? Is it you love outfits that are difficult to fabricate.
Cass: I’ve never had a time where I hated my cosplay outfit and fans love it, because if I end up not liking what I make it never makes it online or to a con haha. It goes straight into the trash. I tend to really love cosplay outfits that are complicated or highly detailed because they take a lot of patience and really put my skills to the test.
OG: As a beautiful woman, does the body-size of a woman matter (The Height, Bra Size, or weight) when performing a character?
Cass: The body size of any person, male, female, non-binary, etc does not matter when cosplaying. Cosplay is about having fun and expressing yourself! Never let your body type hold you back.
OG: What sort of characters are you most drawn to?
Cass: Strong women are my favorite characters. Typically my outfits are always based on an official design, that I do my best to replicate.
OG: Is having a lot of outfits too much to have? Do cosplayers have a Cosplay garage sale?
Cass: Sometimes my closet does get too full of cosplays and costumes, and it becomes a bit much. I never have a garage sale per-say, but I do occasionally sell my old costumes online.
OG: Have you ever done body paint yourself? How did that go?
Cass: I have body painted myself once, for Starfire. It was an adventure but it went pretty well, and I’d for sure do it again.
OG: Would you like to be recognized as a cosplayer, model of an artist or just a businesswoman who happens to be desired among fans?
Cass: As for being recognized that’s not a huge priority for me. I just like to create things and share them online with others who might enjoy them. So if I were to be recognized I’d honestly just like it to be as another dork on the internet.
OG: Do you consider yourself to be a Geek or a Nerd, or simply a Dork? Do you think to be any of these categories cool/sexy?
Cass: I’m definitely a dork. I’m a geek for comics and such, a nerd for history, and a dork all the time. Cool is what you make it. Not everyone will think I’m cool, but the people that I’m interested in knowing will at least enjoy who I am.
OG: Other than cosplaying, what sort of Geeky things do you do?
Cass: Other than cosplaying I love to read and play video games.
OG: Are all the cosplay outfits you create the reflections of your personality? Or is your personality a reflection of your cosplay outfits?
Cass: I guess my cosplay outfits are a reflection of my personality, I’ve never thought of that. I only cosplay characters that I personally enjoy, so that does say something about my personality as a person.
OG: How did you learn how to sew? What sort of sewing machine do you use?
Cass: I learned to sew from my mom, who learned to sew from hers. She taught me all of my basic sewing skills and some more complicated skills as well. I also learned from a close friend of mine for a year, which she helped me really refine my sewing skills. I use a Janome sewing machine! And I love it.
OG: What’s been your most difficult/expensive outfit ever?
Cass: My most difficult cosplay? Ugh, that’s a hard one. Probably Kassandra from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. I never made armor before this costume so I was really testing myself and going out of my comfort zone. It’s also a bit difficult to wear as it gets heavy after a while, and the costume is bulky to walk around in.
OG: How did you get your cosplay name, Cassiopeia?
Cass: My cosplay name changed over the years. It started off as a different name and continually changed. One day a close friend of mine suggested Cassiopeia because it’s close to my name, but is also a reference to my love for history and mythology.
OG: If there’s any place you would love to do a photoshoot on location?
Cass: Honestly I would love to shoot practically everywhere for on location. Historical landmarks, natural environments, inner-city, etc. It’s all about how creative you can get with what resources you have.
OG: Is there any movie that still scares you even today? Would you ever cosplay a bloodbath character?
Cass: I refuse to watch Planet of the Apes to this day because for some strange reason that movie always gave me horrible nightmares as a child. I don’t really know why.
Cass: The movie isn’t scary at all, but I always have freaky dreams after I watch it.
OG: Why do cosplayers have cats as pets?
Cass: I don’t know why a lot of cosplayers tend to have cats. Maybe just because cats are awesome.
OG: When wearing your outfit, you painstakingly created, how does it make you feel? Is it sexy? Cute? Accomplished or Frustrated? Does it make you feel powerful and dominating?
Cass: It honestly depends on the cosplay! In DC’s Bombshell Raven, I feel like a complete vintage babe, and how! I feel like a mysterious wizard. In Alice, I feel like a creepy doll. In Sera, I feel like the annoying tomboy that I am, Haha. Though in all of them I mostly feel proud of what I’veI made.
OG: Do you own any tattoos? If so, what are they and if there’s any meaning behind it? Are there any you really want to have?
Cass: I do have a couple of tattoos! At the moment I have a mermaid on my thigh because I’ve always loved mermaids. I also have a ghost tattoo on my foot, because I love ghosts and all things Halloween. There are a lot of tattoos that I want, but I keep spending my money on cosplay instead of, Haha.
OG: Does it make it difficult to wear a lot of armor props?
Cass: It makes it mildly difficult to wear more revealing cosplays, but I am able to cover them up with flesh-toned tights most of the time.
OG: Are you drawn to mythical characters? Is there a character you would love to do, but haven’t tried?
Cass: I am drawn to mythical characters! Some day I would love to make a Medusa costume, but I have yet to decide how to do the snakes. There are a lot of characters I would like to do someday. The main one would be Dinah from the manga series Bizenghast. She has beautiful intricate gothic dresses that I loved looking at as a kid.
OG: Why do you think your fans love you so much? How do they show their appreciation to all that you do?
Cass: Honestly I’m not sure. I have some really great supporters with my costuming. I think they like me not just for my content but always because I try to personable when I can be. They show their appreciation by liking, and commenting, and sharing my work!
OG: Are you able to profit from your artwork or do you suffer like the rest of us? Do you make a good salary in doing what you love?
Cass: I don’t profit from my work. Mostly because I choose not to try that avenue. Cosplay is a hobby for me. It’s for fun. If I let money become an aspect of my hobby, I feel like it will take away from the fun of it all.
OG: Are all your photos taken by photographers or yourself?
Cass: Most of my photos are taken by photographers. I make sure to set up location shoots and con shoots with photographers when I am in costume. This way I get great photos of my work.
OG: As a popular cosplayer/model, do you any forms of exercise to keep yourself tone and balance? Or is it all-natural? What do you do to keep yourself in shape?
Cass: I’m not much of an exerciser, I do my best to be active though. I try to eat fairly healthy, but sometimes you eat four churros at a con. It happens.
OG: On those rare days, you get to relax and stay home, what gets you to relax and chill at home? What sort of hobbies do you love to do?
Cass: On those rare days I usually morph with my couch and turn on my PlayStation. In the winter I’m usually found napping or reading next to the fireplace with a blanket, Haha. My other hobbies include reading, both fiction and historical books. Video games of course, and honestly napping can be a hobby too, right?
OG: What are you into collecting?
Cass: I collect figurines, mostly characters I’ve cosplayed or just love to pieces. I also collect smashed pennies from different locations, and antiques as well. I love Art Deco design so I have a lot of vintage furniture. I also recently started collecting vintage sewing items, like pin cushions!
OG: What do you love cooking/baking?
Cass: I love baking pies! Apple and pumpkin are my specialties.
OG: What sort of music do you listen to? Is Christmas music your jam?
Cass: I listen to a large variety of music. But my all-time favorite artist is Jon Bellion. He blends different genres together, has a beautiful voice, and clever lyrics. Christmas music is not my jam, Haha. I am not a big fan of Christmas actually, its a nice holiday but it doesn’t compare to Halloween for me.
OG: What sort of projects is happening for you, next year? Are there new outfits you are developing right now?
Cass: Oh man. Next year so far I am part of a cosplay group from Tangled: The Series. Other than that I plan to wear my Mad Moxxi from Borderlands 3 cosplay I recently finished, and hopefully work on a ballgown. I’ve always wanted Ariel’s pink ballgown from The Little Mermaid. So I’m hoping to make an extravagant version of it.
OG: Would you consider to have a 2020 Cassiopeia Calendar?
Cass: A calendar? Probably not, Haha. I don’t think it would be very successful, and that’s a lot of work. I can be pretty lazy.
OG: What sort of advice you can offer new and inspiring cosplayers out there?
Cass: For new cosplayers, honestly it’s all in finding what makes you happy. Trying to become “cosplay famous” can be stressful and it’s easy to get dragged down by the popularity game. I’ve found that it is most rewarding when you are happy with your work and what you have made.
Now it’s time we ask Cassiopeia, “So-Far Outright Just-Geeky questions!”
OG: What sort of myth would you love to dispel about the women in your country/state?
Cass: Uhhhhh. We all don’t ride horses in Colorado? Is that a myth? I don’t know. Ye haw.
OG: What Disney character would you want to have as you modeling agent?
Cass: Sebastian. He knows what’s up.
OG: When you dream, are you wearing cosplay or normal clothes?
Cass: Mostly normal clothes. Sometimes I have stress dreams about costumes where I only wear what pieces I’ve finished to a con. They’re really similar to the showing up to school naked dreams, Hahaha.
OG: Born as a crime-fighter, what cartoon/anime character would you have as a sidekick.
Cass: Alita Battle Angel!
OG: Do you behave as your zodiac sign?
Cass: Eh kinda. I’m a Virgo. And I can be really anal and controlling things. But I can always be really laid back.
OG: Are you Big Toe your second 2nd biggest toe?
Cass: What? I don’t know. Let me look. No? It’s not the longest. But it’s a toe.
OG: What movie can always make you cry uncontrollably?
Cass: I don’t cry a lot actually. But I usually cry in Titanic when the ship sinks. History nerd.
OG: What is the first thing people notice when they meet Cassiopeia for the first time?
Cass: Probably how damn tall I am. I tell everyone I’m 6 foot, but no one believes me until they meet me!
OG: Besides cosplaying, can Cassiopeia change a tire? Do her taxes? Swordfight? Make people fall in love with her? Solve world problems?
Cass: Yes. Yes. No. Maybe? And one step at a time we all can.
OG: Has a stranger ever mistaken you for a store employee, another cosplayer, or a high school teacher/student?
Cass: No, and a good thing too. That would be so awkward.
OG: Is there any sign you give off to tell you are angry?
Cass: I get quiet, and I start giving short answers. Then I tell you because I have no problem with confrontation.
OG: What is Cassiopeia’s biggest pet peeve?
Cass: People that chew with their mouth open!!!!! UGHHHH. Also, people that are on their phones during dinner. Stop it, talk to me. I’m right here.
OG: Can Cassiopeia’s closet have any more room for another cosplay outfit?
Cass: I will make room.
OG: Thank you so much for being such a trooper. We, at Outright Geekery, thank you for that great interview. As for our last question, where can our readers find more of Cassiopeia and soon to become a fan of yours?
Cass: Thank you Outright Geekery. I had a blast doing the interview. People can find more of me at my Facebook site, facebook.com/cassiopeiacostuming/
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